Patches of Paper Birch by Archana Sridhar

Poem title: Patches of Paper Birch  Poet name: Archana Sridhar Poem Begins: The silver birch trees flashed their leaves and showed us their undersides.  From a distance, they tossed us glistening beads  and shook their Tina Turner dresses at us.  They broke forth like a piñata, and we were tempted by the foil-wrapped candies on offer.  Intimacy is like this – untangling metallic tinsel from the vacuum cleaner.  Drawn in by glinting secrets on the highway, we saw the silvery leaves shiver themselves green. End of poem.  Credits: Copyright © Archana Sridhar Archana Sridhar is a South Asian poet and university administrator in Toronto, Canada. Archana focuses on themes of meditation, race, motherhood, and diaspora in her poetry and flash writing. Her work has been featured in The Puritan, The Hellebore, Barren Magazine, and elsewhere. Her chapbook “Renderings” is available through 845 Press, and her writing can be found at